Early Childhood Education (ECE) focuses on the education of young children (infancy to age 8). ECE is designed to integrate many developmental theories into curriculum that facilitates optimal development.
Early childhood teachers are able to use many creative resources to help children learn and explore the world around them. A great example of utilizing a relatively inexpensive material and creating curriculum that facilitates learning across many domains is by using a paint stick! A teacher could create an entire day of curriculum around one object - a paint stick